NHL Rumors I: Thornton, Richards, Jokinen, Brown and Bolland

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: There is lots speculation regarding the Sharks and Joe Thornton. Thornton’s brother and agent, John, when asked if he’d want to continue playing where he wasn’t wanted:

    “If he felt the fans didn’t want him in San Jose, he might re-think things.”

    That statement could lead to a couple of interpretations:

    1) The Thorntons feel that a significant majority of the fan base still sees Joe as part of the solution, not part of the problem (and by initial responses in Twitterville, that’s an accurate perception).

    2) What the fan base thinks matters more to them at this point than what the boss might want.

  • HabsLinks: Pierre McGuire told @HunterZThompson to not be surprised if Joe Thornton ended up in Chicago.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: If the Kings end up buying out Mike Richards, the Jets should be interested. They could offer a three-year, $4 million deal or more if they have too. Unlike many other coveted free agents, Richards may consider Winnipeg as his girlfriend is Winnipeg born and he has a summer home on the lake. The buyout would cost the Kings over $19 million.There haven’t been any talks between Olli Jokinen and the Jets.

    “We haven’t heard a thing from the Jets,” said Jokinen’s agent, Ian Pulver. “I understood we would talk. But it hasn’t transpired. We’ll see where it goes. I don’t know Winnipeg’s plans.”

  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that the best available free agents this year are the defensemen.
  • Kevin Kurz: The Sharks are trying to re-sign pending UFA Mike Brown.
  • Lance Hornby: Maple Leafs pending UFA Dave Bolland: “Re-hab is going well. I want to re-sign with the Leafs.”


  1. Jeff

    06/11/2014 at 9:32 am

    Joe in Chicago!

  2. Ross

    06/11/2014 at 10:32 am

    Mike Richards in winnipeg would scare me, he likes to party and has too many friends/bad influences here that I don’t think it would be good, and I am a big fan of his game!

  3. tommy

    06/11/2014 at 10:54 am

    Winnipeg would be lucky as shit is Richards would consider going there! grow up!

  4. Ross

    06/11/2014 at 11:03 am

    Hey tommy, ease up tough guy! Love the tough internet guys! At the right price sure but if he wants too much you can keep him drunk in kenora

  5. Canucks fan

    06/11/2014 at 11:36 am

    He’s under contract for a million years so its up to Lombardi.. I wonder what the Kings are looking for however; maybe Frolik?

  6. Ross

    06/11/2014 at 11:42 am

    At the right price I meant contract, I don’t see a trade at his current salary and term I think this article was assuming he gets bought out

  7. Paul Birch

    06/11/2014 at 11:43 am

    Richards is over paid and over hyped from his Philly daze!!

    25 Defensemen more points than him this year
    147th in league scoring.

    Richards would/should be lucky to play anywhere for that money

  8. Elliott

    06/11/2014 at 3:51 pm

    Slow down paul clearly your a pick bunny that never graced the ice in your lifetime lol. Point mean nothing were talking about a vet with all the leadership you would need. So re think your stupid comments

  9. hotwings

    06/11/2014 at 9:33 pm

    Tommy is an ‘internet tough-guy’ just because he said the Jets would be lucky as shit and ‘grow up’?

    The definition of ‘internet tough-guy seems rather broad and the term, overused.

  10. Paul Birch

    06/12/2014 at 1:16 pm

    Elliott, I’ve played plenty in my day. Too old now, but the stats thrown out by this “pick bunny” simply quantify his only value may be as an older dressing room guy who makes far to much cake to just fill that role. BTW I think some would argue his “leadership” isn’t all that terrific. To each there own thou as this is an open forum.